Professor Atuahene-Gima features in world’s top 2% scientists list of Stanford University

Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima

The most coveted and prestigious list of World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists published 16th October 2020 features Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima of Nobel International Business School, one of only two universities in Ghana with faculty on the list.

The report prepared by a team of researchers at Stanford University led by Prof. John P. A. Loannidis was published in PLOS Biology- prestigious publication forum.

The report contains and exhaustive list of 159,683 Scientists, whose published research manuscripts have accelerated progress in their respective fields and influenced the productivity of the work of other researchers as well.

The field specific analysis ranked Scientists as per their specialization, based on the standardized information on citations, h-index(an index to measure an individual’s scientific research output ), co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator. The list also provides details of when the scientists published their first and latest research article. An interesting information one gathers from the list is that many non-Nobel Laureates outrank Nobel Laureates showing the multidimensionality of the selection criteria of the rank list.

Professor Atuahene-Gima had a c-score of 4.00 that ranks him 140 out of a total of 36,319 Top 2% scientists in Business and Management. He is also the only scientist in a Ghanaian University so listed.

Professor Atuahene-Gima, in reacting to the publication, said he was pleasantly surprised to see his name among such a prestigious list of scholars from all academic disciplines from all over the world.

He said he was interested in finding who were the list from Universities in Ghana. He was however disappointed to see only four other scholars from Universities in Ghana on the list. “As academics our role involves contributing new knowledge and practices to the world. Research is a difficult process requiring hard work, dedication, perseverance and patience. So, it is always gratifying when your contribution is recognized by your peers”.

He added that since the report was published on 16th October 2020, he has received several congratulatory messages and emails from colleagues and friends around the world. “The survey has given the scope to know where we really stand in terms of contributing to science in our respective fields,” the Professor said. Such studies encourage potential researchers to put in more vigor and zeal to do meaningful research. Nobel International Business School (NiBS) is a very young Business School. This recognition in the world’s top 2% of Scientists List has placed us in the global map of Science and has brought great pride to the Business School. It is my hope that this will encourage and motivate our faculty and doctoral students work hard and commit to furthering Science for the benefit of future generations”

Other International Awards and Recognitions

Such international awards and recognitions are not new to Professor  Atuahene-Gima. He is ranked the number two innovation management scholar in the world based on single authored research papers published the Top 10 business and management journals.

He is also ranked among the Top 10 doctoral marketing faculty in the world, and as Top 3 doctoral marketing faculty in marketing management and strategy outside North America. He is listed among the top 20 scholars worldwide with the most citations in the entrepreneurship literature. Kwaku is also ranked as number one  scientist in Ghana by the European Union, based on number of Google citations. With his two co-authors, he won the Thomas Hustad Best Paper award in November 2015 for best research paper published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the world’s leading journal in innovation management. He has won multiple Best Paper awards at the American Marketing Association, including the prestigious Best Research  Paper contributing to knowledge in innovation and technology for his paper published in the Journal of Marketing in October 2005

On July 23rd 2010, he received an award as the Best Professor in Marketing and Innovation Management at Asia’s Best Business Schools Awards by CMO in Singapore. He was appointed a member of the International Expert Panel for the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) in November 2015; a position in which he evaluates and recommends academic research proposals on innovation and entrepreneurship for funding by the Russian Government. Prior to founding NIBS in 2014, he was Professor of Innovation Management & Marketing at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) (World’s Top 2 Business School) in Shanghai for nearly 10 years; during which time he was also the Founding Executive Director of CEIBS Africa Campus in Accra for five years. He was the Department Chair of Marketing at CEIBS for 4 years and Founding Director of the Centre for Marketing & Innovation funded by Dow Chemical. He taught at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and at the City University of Hong Kong, where he was Department Chair of Management for 4 years and served as the Founding Director of the Centre for Innovation Management and Organizational Change.

 International Editorial Review Boards and Publications

Professor Atuahene-Gima is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), the World’s leading academic journal for innovation. He is the first, and to date, the only African scholar ever to have served on the Editorial Review Board of the American Journal of Marketing, the world’s leading marketing journal from July 2006 to June 2014. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Award of the Journal Marketing in 2007.  

He is on the Senior Advisory and Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the European Journal of Marketing and on the review panel of several other academic journals. He has published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Marketing, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of Product Innovation management, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Research in marketing, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Marketing Science Institute (MSI), and others 

In June 2006, he was an invited faculty participant in executive education on innovation at the Harvard Business School. He is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Mannheim Business School and at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (FSFM) both in Germany, where he teaches innovation management and lean entrepreneurship. 

Corporate Consulting and Executive Development

Kwaku consults and/or trains executives to develop skills in innovation, strategy, leadership and marketing. He has done work for several local companies including Vodafone Foundation, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Lagos, MTN, Volta River Authority, Sahel-Sahara Bank, Fidelity Bank, LifeForms Ltd, UT Bank, American Tower Company, and Vodafone. 

His international clients include China Mobile, Philips, GE, Lenovo, Trend Micro Inc., WPP, Tianyu Mobile, BARCO, Sanofi-Aventis, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Danaher, DSM, Sony, Eli Lilly, Bayer Technology Services, Ernst & Young, Alcatel-Lucent, GSK, UBS Financial Services; Guangdong Development Bank, Shanghai General Motors, and Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) where he developed the Enterprise Innovation Management Model (EIMM)) – an innovation capability assessment and improvement tool currently use by HKPC consultants.  

Speaking and Media Engagements

Kwaku is a member of the Speakers Academy, an international body of speakers sought after by companies. Kwaku was a keynote speaker at the Ghana Business Awards in 2019; Vodafone Africa SME Summit, Nov. 2015 in Accra; moderated the inaugural Ghana Economic Forum in Accra in March 2013, given keynote speeches at the Vodafone African Leaders Forum; Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Portugal forum on SME Entrepreneurship, the Economist Ghana Summit, the China Information Industry R&D Forum in Beijing, Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, and several other conferences.  Kwaku has been interviewed by, and/or written for, the Financial Times of London, International Herald Tribune, the 21 Century Business Herald, Global Entrepreneur, China Daily, the Economist, BBC, CCTV, El Mundo of Spain, China Business News, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Africa Business, New African Magazine, Dragon TV, GBCTV, Metro TV, Joy FM, Citi FM, CNBC, France AITV, STARR FM, and several leading media houses. 


He is a product of Acherensua Secondary School; Saint Stannilas College, Poperinge, Belgium; Mfantsipim School, University of Ghana (where he served as President of Commonwealth Hall), University of New South Wales, and University of Wollongong, in Australia.

Source: top 2% scientists in the world, according to a database developed by Stanford University.

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